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Slings for giant

Slings would be the perfect weapons for giants (at least according to Shad from Shadiversity). Trebuchets show that it is possible to use sling (well, sling-like device) to launch boulders instead of ...
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Slings for giant

Yes, trebuchets are a proof of concept for this. Trebuchets operated through the use of a counterweight or traction (these are sometimes called mangonels) to move a large wooden arm that had a long ...
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Asymmetric Newton's Cradle as a 'rapidly' firing medieval weapon - Is it practical

This isn't quite a Newton's cradle, but have a look at a light-gas gun. A conventional gun will push a bullet forwards. The speed of sound in the heated gas puts a limit on the muzzle velocity. ...
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Asymmetric Newton's Cradle as a 'rapidly' firing medieval weapon - Is it practical

[faulty argument deleted] best case (with all energy conserved) the small ball (one sixttyfourth of the mass) will end up with 8 times the speed of the big ball I'm not sure that that would be enough ...
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Asymmetric Newton's Cradle as a 'rapidly' firing medieval weapon - Is it practical

Even with a theoretically perfect set-up where the force is transferred to each ball with no loss or damage, the range on this is going to be abysmally short. I think the best case multiplier of this ...
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Asymmetric Newton's Cradle as a 'rapidly' firing medieval weapon - Is it practical

Unfortunately, you'll fall foul of both physics and materials science As first answer indicates, it's going to be impractical and inefficient. However, even if you do get a physics based set up that ...
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Asymmetric Newton's Cradle as a 'rapidly' firing medieval weapon - Is it practical

This is seriously impractical. The problem is, for objects larger than a few inches, Newton's cradle does not work very well. Mythbusters covered this. To transmit the energy from one ball to the next ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements against Licorice Puddings?

You said that Licorice Puddings can eat anything (even though they prefer plants), meaning that they are omnivorous. I have following plan: Initially people catch several Licorice Puddings and place ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements against Licorice Puddings?

Ah yes, the "what would a medieval person do?" kind of question. Those woodworkers, masons, and even everyday folk got up to some pretty fabulous stuff. These puddings, while unique, could ...
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Amazon drones controlled by magic, how to control as many as possible with your brain given low technology level but runic alternative to coding

If you don't mind a somewhat brutal, Peter Watts-esque approach... consider a corpus callosotomy. The hemispheres of human brains are effectively joined at two places... the corpus callosum (think of ...
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Amazon drones controlled by magic, how to control as many as possible with your brain given low technology level but runic alternative to coding

Frame challenege: slightly fewer than one StarfishPrime has it exactly right. It turns out that almost all the material covered in the question is irrelevant, because by the definition given for "...
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Amazon drones controlled by magic, how to control as many as possible with your brain given low technology level but runic alternative to coding

Delegate In my opinion the most impressive armies of the past were those of the romans and mongols. What they had in common was a hierarchy system in which each group within a level had a leader that ...
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Amazon drones controlled by magic, how to control as many as possible with your brain given low technology level but runic alternative to coding

Either your drones are smart, they are very well organized, or there aren't too many of them. Let us consider the real problem here - cognitive load. Our brains can store lots of information, but we ...
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Right of Conquest and Patrilineage

From here: https://inquisitionspostmortem.ac.uk/contexts/the-law-of-inheritance/ "Precedence went initially to a dead person's issue descendants, in preference to collaterals such as siblings or ...
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Right of Conquest and Patrilineage

Depends on the laws There are legal systems in which inheritance can not go to the older generation, but not many. Typically inheritance would go to the father, then to the brother. Because your ...
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